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AF Reserve Chaplain Program

The U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain Program is a cooperative and pluralistic ministry. Chaplains adhere to the requirements of their endorsing religious bodies. The Air Force trains and deploys chaplain readiness teams, consisting of chaplains and enlisted personnel. They provide religious ministries during war, contingencies, national emergencies, and military exercises.


Unit Chaplain-- Chaplains in this program serve at one of 40 units stationed in the United States. Most units are collocated on active Air Force bases; some are on Air Reserve bases; and a few are at local airports. The chaplain team has total responsibility for the chapel ministry in their unit, and train with their unit one weekend a month when the unit performs a Unit Training Assembly (UTA).

IMA Chaplain-- Chaplains in this program are known as Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMAs) and serve at an active duty base in the United States or overseas. 

Chaplain Candidate-- The Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program is an exciting opportunity for seminary and other professional religious school students to evaluate their compatibility and potential for commissioning as an Air Force Chaplain.

Three avenues of ministry

Air Force Reserve chaplainThe Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps has three avenues of ministry. The Category A program where you serve with a local reserve unit and train one weekend a month; Category B where you serve 12 days annual tour and 12 Inactive Duty Trainings in an active duty chapel on an active duty base; and the Chaplain Candidate Program for seminary students.

Religious Affairs Airmen

As the enlisted component of our Religious Support Teams (RST), Religious Affairs Airmen are uniquely trained in crisis intervention to include intervention counseling in moments of crisis, response to crisis and suicide prevention/ intervention. In addition, Religious Affairs Airmen are actively engaged and intentionally integrated into unit engagement plans to include unit meetings, commander calls, training with the unit and other unit activities. They are also trained in religious support to hospitals and mortuaries.

Unit Religious Affairs Airman-- In this program, Religious Affairs Airmen serve at a unit in the United States. Most units are collocated on active Air Force bases; some are on Air Reserve bases; and a few are at local airports. The Religious Support Team (RST) has total responsibility for the chapel ministry in its unit, and train with its unit one weekend a month.

IMA Religious Affairs Airman-- The IMA program is designed for those persons who wish to serve their country through a military ministry in a reserve capacity. As an Air Force Reserve IMA Religious Affairs Airman you will work in an active duty Air Force installation chapel program supporting a pluralistic worship environment while still doing civilian ministry.

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AFRC Chaplain staff


255 Richard Ray Blvd
Ste 111
Robins AFB GA 31098-1637
478-327-1475 DSN: 497
Toll Free: 1-800-223-1784, ext. 7-1475

Personnel and Readiness Division (HCP)
478-327-2126 DSN: 497-2126
MPA Tour Coordination
Assignments and Attachments
Chaplain Service Council Support
AEF, 805 Rosters
Address, Phone, Email updates
RCPHA, Functional Area Manager

Plans and Programs Division (HCX)
478-327-2128 DSN: 497-2128
Formal Training & School Tours
Special Training Tours
Chaplain Candidate Program
Conferences, Workshops
Accessions, Appointments
Awards, Recognition Program
Position Validation
AFI, Plans Coordination
Points-Only Activities

478-327-2274 DSN: 497-2274
Chaplain & Chaplain Candidate Inquiries
Fax: (478) 327-0475; DSN 497-0475

Religious Affairs Airman Functional Manager
Office of the Command Chaplain
Comm: 478-327-1475 Comm
Fax: 478-327-0475 DSN: 497-1475 DSN
Fax: 497-0475